Texas Star, formerly Woodlands Idol founded in 2007 by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce as a venue for local singing talent, it was acquired by Donna Wick, CEO of Wicked Publicity, and given a new title and mission: “Texas Star: Pure Texas. Pure Talent.”
The singing competition was originally conceived by the Chamber, but eventually grew to be too large and too community-based to remain under the Chamber’s umbrella. When the Chamber announced it would no longer host the event, Wick took the opportunity to become the new host. Her first step was to strategically partner with Mathew Knowles, father of Beyoncé and who has represented acts such as Destiny’s Child and Earth, Wind & Fire, to bring an additional level of professionalism and credibility to the competition.
“As a Woodlands-based public relations and publicity firm that not only enjoys strong relationships with area businesses and media outlets, but also national and international reach and impact, we are excited to host a competition that caters to our core strengths,” Wick said. “With Texas Star, entrants from the area and surrounding region will experience a whole new competition event, with greater community involvement, upscaled sponsorship opportunities, larger prizes and higher stakes.” Additionally, an Austin-based version of Texas Star will run in the same time frame this year, with a five-city Texas roll-out planned for next year, culminating in a statewide champion “Texas Star” whose prize will include performing at SXSW.
The Woodlands singing competition is based in Montgomery County but has opening registration to applicants from all over the state of Texas. In the preliminary rounds of Texas Stareach singer will be given 90 seconds to sing their song and impress celebrity guest judges and the fans that will be in the audience. Each preliminary round will end with nine judges’ picks and one ‘wildcard’ contestant chosen by the audience.
The 30 winners of the preliminaries will advance to the semifinal round. Again, the nine judges’ picks and one audience-selected wildcard will advance to the final round. The winner takes home a substantial prize package that will include studio session time, a complete makeover, performing opportunities, cash prizes, and the all-important bragging rights.
To enter Texas Star, contestants must be residents of Texas, be at least 18 years of age, and pay a registration fee. Contestants can register and audience members can purchase tickets at www.TexasStar-thewoodlands-prelims.EventBrite.com for The Woodlands competition and www.TexasStar-Austin.EventBrite.com for the Austin competition.
For more information on the competition, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sharla Grayson at 832-993-1604.